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“Yoga in the Park” members stretch wallets, hearts for Dawsonville food pantry
RIC Rack donation
On Nov. 17, members of the “Yoga in the Park” group donated an SUV full of nonperishable items to The Place of Dawson at RIC-Rack’s food pantry. - photo by Julia Hansen

One local exercise group’s regular altruistic efforts have now resulted in a heartwarming bounty.

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Members of Dawson County’s “Yoga in the Park” loaded an SUV full with boxes of non-perishable holiday food on Nov. 17, all intended for The Place of Dawson at RIC-Rack. 

For each of the twice-weekly meetings, group members over the past two to three years have brought individual donations to the sessions that were later taken to the food pantry, said coordinator Lynne Campbell. 

“Every season, if somebody wants to donate an item--it can just be one item– [then] they can bring something. It’s not mandatory,” Campbell said. “There’s no cost for it at all.”

The group has grown since its 2020 outdoor debut at Dawsonville’s Main Street Park. Last year, they collected sheet sets to donate to No One Alone, an area shelter for women and children experiencing domestic violence in Dawson and Lumpkin counties, Campbell added. 

This year, one “Yoga in the Park” member saw a food bank list intended for Christmas celebrations and adapted the items on it for Thanksgiving. Then, people brought different parts of the list to Thursday’s session to make up the generous load that Campbell took to RIC-Rack last Thursday. 

“It’s always been my feeling that any group that I've ever belonged to needs to have a civic responsibility,” Campbell said. “We know there are individuals that are in need. So we do what we can to help in different ways.”

Amy Palmer, outreach coordinator for The Place of Dawson, voiced her gratitude for the yoga group’s support and investment in her organization’s food pantry clients.

“With their continued partnership, it really empowers clients,” Palmer said. “We just really try to come beside our clients to build confidence, and we couldn't do that without the support of our community partners like the ‘Yoga in the Park’ group and their donations.”